General Electric Co (GE): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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General Electric ( GE) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, General Electric rose $0.49 (1.9%) to $26.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 25,232,191 shares of General Electric exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,307,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.68-$26.98 after having opened the day at $26.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.45. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), up 18.9%, ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), up 11.2%, UQM Technologies ( UQM), up 10.5% and China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 10.1%.

General Electric Company operates as an infrastructure and financial services company worldwide. General Electric has a market cap of $269.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate General Electric a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, OSI Systems ( OSIS), down 9.7%, Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), down 8.8%, Chart Industries ( GTLS), down 8.0% and Ideal Power ( IPWR), down 6.3%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial industry could consider SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ( DIA) while those bearish on the industrial industry could consider ProShares UltraShort Industrials ( SIJ).

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